bauhinia purpurea

Bauhinia purpurea in flower

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La bauhinia purpurea It is a tree or little tree that, as you can see in the image, produces flowers that are as big as they are beautiful. In addition, as it does not have invasive roots, it is ideal to have in any corner of the garden.

Its growth rate is neither very slow nor very fast, so controlling its development is quite easy. Discover it.

Origin and characteristics

View of the Bauhinia purpurea tree

La bauhinia purpureaKnown by the common names deer hoof, cow foot, tree orchid, stick orchid or bauhinia, it is a deciduous tree native to northern India, Vietnam and Burma. It can exceed 9 meters in height, although the normal thing is that it stays in 3-4m. Its leaves are lobed, green, similar to the footprint of a hoof. The flowers are large, about 10cm, have 3-4 fertile stamens and are purple (which is where the surname comes from).

It is a very beautiful plant that does not grow fast but does allow you to notice changes from year to year. Even so, it is necessary to provide the care it requires.

How do you take care of yourself?

Bauhinia purpurea leaves

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If you want to have one bauhinia purpurea in your garden or patio, we recommend providing the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun or with partial shade.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: universal growing medium mixed with 20% of perlite.
    • Garden: requires fertile soils, with good sewer system.
  • Irrigation: 3-4 times a week in summer, somewhat less the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer with guano or others ecological fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring. Sow one seed per pot, as replication and transplantation are difficult.
  • Pruning: it is not necessary, but it is necessary to remove diseased, weak or broken branches at the end of winter.
  • Rusticity: resistant up to -5ºC.

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